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AT&T Inc. topped all bidders in the government's record setting auction of wireless licenses. But it is Dish Network Corp. that may have pulled off the biggest coup. The satellite TV broadcaster, working with partners including BlackRock Inc., beat out wireless …
AT&T and Dish were the big spenders in the FCC's wireless auctionEngadget
Dish Wins Airwaves in Big Cities to Take On AT&T, VerizonBloomberg
NAB Board: Go For Auction; Split On ATSC 3.0TV News Check
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Posted on 30 January 2015 | 9:05 pm
Scientists who claimed last year to have found a pattern in the sky left by the super-rapid expansion of space just fractions of a second after the Big Bang were mistaken. The signal had been confounded by light emission from dust in our own galaxy.
The Week Ahead: President Obama's FY'16 Budget ArrivesNBCNews.com
Big Bang echoes just cosmic dust BICEP2 investigation findsSlashGear
Cosmic inflation remains undiscoveredSymmetry magazine
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Posted on 30 January 2015 | 9:00 pm
Google Now, Google's service focused on bringing you real-time information to your mobile device – including things like traffic updates, scores, stock changes, travel times, your flight status, and much more – is getting a notable update today. The company …
Google Now for Android gains the ability to show cards from third-party appsVentureBeat
Google Now finally pulls in data from your favorite appsEngadget
Google Now gets third-party app support with updateSlashGear
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Posted on 30 January 2015 | 8:43 pm
A security vulnerability in BMW's Connected Drive system allowed researchers to imitate BMW servers and send remote unlocking instructions to vehicles. The problem was discovered by the Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club (ADAC), a German …
BMW fixes security flaw that exposed 2.2M cars to break-insChron.com
Millions Of 'Connected' BMWs Were Using Unencrypted DataJalopnik
2.2 million BMW, Mini, Rolls-Royce cars found vulnerable to being unlocked by …Automotive News
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Posted on 30 January 2015 | 8:39 pm
NASA is spending $916 million on a new satellite, scheduled to be blasted into space over the weekend, following nearly a decade of work and two launch delays, that will help scientists measure moisture levels in the top two inches of the world's soils.
SMAP Satellite Launch Delayed by NASADaily Science Journal
NASA to launch satellite to help with weather forecastingWBAL Baltimore
NASA Moves Vandenberg Satellite LaunchSci-Tech Today
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Posted on 30 January 2015 | 8:08 pm
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This image reportedly captures the Tesla Model X after a test run. (Photo : Instagram/brandon_kiehne). Tesla's long-awaited Model X has reportedly been spotted at Alameda Airport being tested at fairly high speeds. As first reported by Electrek, a lucky …
People's reactions when Tesla goes 0-60 in 'insane mode'WXIA-TV
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Posted on 30 January 2015 | 7:33 pm
Verizon Wireless said today that it will allow users to opt out of being tracked by so-called "super cookies." A Verizon spokeswoman said the company expects to add an opt-out provision "soon." At issue are tracking cookies intended to serve up relevant ads.
Verizon offers silver bullet for immortal 'supercookies'Christian Science Monitor
Verizon to let you opt out of 'supercookies'CNET
Verizon will allow customers to opt out of insidious tracking toolMashable
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Posted on 30 January 2015 | 7:24 pm
Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KRX:005930) (KRX:005935) like would be happy to wash its hands of its holiday quarter. The South Korean electronics giant saw bad go to worse, with a string of product disappointments for the quarter, capped with …
Apple Overtaking Samsung as Top Smartphone Maker Pushes Stock Price to …Modern Readers
Samsung Has Posted Five Quarters Of Declining Profits, About To Lose Best …Android Headlines – Android News
One Billion Android smartphones shipped globally in 2014Android Community
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Posted on 30 January 2015 | 5:57 pm
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Cassiopeia A, a supernova that exploded 340 years ago, seems to a bubbly interior, and scientists now think they know why. By Calla Cofield, SPACE.com January 30, 2015. close. Buried under layers of glowing, multi-colored gas, at the heart of supernova …
Stunning Supernova Has Bubbly InteriorDiscovery News
Supernova Cassiopeia-A Remains Show a Bubbly HeartTech Times
This Supernova Holds a Surprise, and NASA Calls Off Satellite Launch AgainThe News Ledge
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Posted on 30 January 2015 | 5:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The American public and U.S. scientists are light-years apart on science issues. And 98 percent of surveyed scientists say it's a problem that we don't know what they're talking about. Scientists are far less worried about genetically …
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Posted on 30 January 2015 | 6:44 am
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By Alina Selyukh and Malathi Nayak WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – AT&T Inc spent close to half the total in the record-setting U.S. sale of airwaves for mobile data, with Verizon Communications Inc and bidding partners of Dish Network Corp also spending heavily, results showed on Friday. Verizon bid $10.4 billion and T-Mobile US Inc bid $1.8 billion, according to the results released by the Federal Communications Commission. Dish itself did not win any licenses, but it had entered into joint bidding agreements with SNR Wireless LicenseCo LLC and Northstar Wireless LLC, in which it has indirect ownership interest.
Posted on 30 January 2015 | 7:42 pm
Posted on 30 January 2015 | 11:24 am
(Reuters) – The head of China's commerce regulator met with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd chairman Jack Ma on Friday to discuss combating fake products, the official Xinhua news agency reported, with the two adopting a conciliatory tone after a row over illegal business on the Internet company's platforms. The meeting took place the same day the regulator, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), backtracked on an earlier report that had excoriated the Chinese online commerce company for not doing enough to suppress counterfeiting on its websites. SAIC issued what it called a "white paper" on Wednesday saying many products sold on Alibaba's websites infringed on trademarks, or were banned, substandard or fake. "The most recent SAIC posting speaks for itself.
Posted on 30 January 2015 | 6:15 pm
German luxury carmaker BMW has fixed a security flaw that could have allowed hackers to unlock the doors of up to 2.2 million Rolls-Royce, Mini and BMW vehicles, it said on Friday. BMW said officials at German motorist association ADAC had identified the problem, which affected cars equipped with the company's ConnectedDrive software using on-board SIM cards — the chips used to identify authorized users of mobile devices. BMW drivers can use the software and SIM cards to activate door locking mechanisms, as well as a range of other services including real-time traffic information, online entertainment and air conditioning. The security risk occurred when data was transmitted, BMW said, adding it did not impede the car's critical functions of driving, steering or braking.
Posted on 30 January 2015 | 3:19 pm
By Francesco Guarascio BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission is mulling a new law requiring telecoms companies to store communications data of EU citizens as part of its efforts to fight terrorism, after a top court struck down the previous one on privacy concerns. The deadly Islamist attacks in Paris on Jan. 7-9 have focused European Union leaders' minds on how to intensify counter-terrorism efforts at home, such as by creating an EU system for storing airline passenger data. According to minutes from a meeting of the executive European Commission last week, it is also considering whether it should reintroduce a new data retention law that would avoid being struck down by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). EU Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos noted "on the one hand, the fundamental role that telecommunications records could play in the fight against terrorism and, on the other, the importance of adopting a cautious and measured approach".
Posted on 30 January 2015 | 12:34 pm
After years of giving investors the cold shoulder, Amazon.com Inc is starting to warm up to Wall Street. The No. 1 U.S. online retailer was unusually forthcoming during its fourth-quarter earnings call on Thursday, saying it will break out results this year, for the first time, for its fast-growing cloud computing unit, Amazon Web Services. This was a shift in tone for Amazon, which typically refuses to disclose more than the most basic details, including how many members belong to its $99-a-year Prime program or if its wide-ranging investments are paying off. Chief Executive Jeff Bezos has deflected criticism of his spending by emphasizing that he takes a much longer view than most investors.
Posted on 30 January 2015 | 8:52 am
Android fans have long sung the praises of Google Now, which stands as one of the platform’s most useful features. On Friday Google announced that it would take its popular mobile assistant to the next level by letting more than thirty different third-party apps generate Google Now cards. RELATED: New details emerge on another killer Google Now feature So what will this look like in practice? We’ll let Google give you some examples. “In the morning, catch up on news of the day with cards from The Guardian,” the company explains. “On your commute, Pandora can give you recommendations for music to play, based on what you like, or you can be reminded to complete your daily French lesson on Duolingo.
Posted on 30 January 2015 | 9:00 pm
Comedian and Parks & Rec star Aziz Ansari will join forces with Netflix to release his newest comedy special, Variety reports. Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden will be available exclusively on Netflix beginning March 6th.
Posted on 30 January 2015 | 8:57 pm
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Posted on 30 January 2015 | 8:55 pm
The US government is getting more than $41 billion from an auction of wireless spectrum, highlighting surging demand for new devices that connect to the Internet, officials said Friday. The Federal Communications Commission, which revised down its estimate from $45 billion, said the auction that ended Thursday raised the highest amount ever for this type of sale. The move adds 65 megahertz of spectrum to "improve wireless connectivity across the country and accelerate the mobile revolution that is driving economic growth and improving the lives of the American people," FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said. In a document listing the winning bidders, the FCC said AT&T won bids totaling $18.2 billion and Verizon $10.4 billion.
Posted on 30 January 2015 | 8:45 pm